1Peter, Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 an apostle of Jesus Christ:
To the temporary residents Gn 23:4; Ps 39:12; Heb 11:9,13; 1Pt 2:11 dispersed Jewish people scattered throughout Gentile lands who spoke Gk and were influenced by Gk culture. Jn 7:35; Jms 1:1 in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Ac 2:9; 6:9; 16:6-7; Gl 1:2 chosen Mt 22:14; 24:22; Ti 1:1
2according to the foreknowledge Rm 8:29; 1Pt 1:20 of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit 2Th 2:13 for obedience 1Pt 1:14,22 and for sprinkling with the blood Heb 9:12; 10:22; 12:24 of Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
A Living Hope
3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Co 1:3; Eph 1:3 According to His great mercy, Gl 6:16; Ti 3:5 He has given us a new birth Jn 1:13; 3:3,7; Jms 1:18; 1Pt 1:23 into a living hope Ac 23:6; 1Th 1:3 through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1Co 15:20; 1Pt 3:21
4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, Ac 20:32; Rm 8:17; Col 3:24 uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven 2Tm 4:8 for you.
5You are being protected by God’s power Jn 10:28; Php 4:7 through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. Rm 8:18; 2Co 4:17; Heb 12:11; 1Pt 4:13; 5:1,10; Rv 15:1; 21:9
6You rejoice in this, Or In this fact rejoice though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials Jms 1:2; 1Pt 4:12
7so that the genuineness of your faith Jms 1:3 — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire Is 48:10; Zch 13:9; Mal 3:3; 1Co 3:13 — may result 2Co 5:3; Php 3:9; Rv 14:5 in Lit may be found for praise, glory, and honor Rm 2:7,10,29; 1Co 4:5 at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Lk 17:30
8You love Him, 1Jn 4:20 though you have not seen Ex 33:20; Rm 8:24 Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice Jn 15:11; 2Co 6:10 with inexpressible and glorious joy,
9because you are receiving the goal of your Other mss read our, or they omit the possessive pronoun faith, the salvation of your souls. Or your lives
10Concerning this salvation, the prophets Lk 1:70; 10:24; 16:16,29; 18:31; 24:25,27,44 who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated.
11They inquired into what time or what circumstances Or inquired about the person or time the Spirit of Christ Rm 8:9 within them was indicating when He testified in advance Mt 26:24 to the messianic sufferings Or the sufferings of Christ Mk 8:31; Lk 24:26; Php 3:10 and the glories Lk 24:26 that would follow. Lit the glories after that
12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you Mk 16:15; 1Co 9:14; 2Co 10:16 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Jn 14:26; 15:26; Ac 1:8; 2:2-4; 13:4 Angels desire to look into these things.
A Call to Holy Living
13Therefore, with your minds ready for action, Lit Therefore, when you have the loins of your mind girded Ex 12:11 be serious 1Pt 5:8 and set your hope Mt 12:21; Rm 8:24; 1Th 1:3 completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation 1Pt 4:13; 5:4 of Jesus Christ.
14As obedient children, Heb 2:13 do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance.
15But as the One who called you Gl 1:6; 5:8; 1Th 2:12; 5:24; 1Pt 5:10 is holy, Lk 1:49; 1Co 7:14 you also are to be holy in all your conduct;
16for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. Lv 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7 Lv 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7
17And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially Ac 10:34; Rm 2:11; Gl 2:6; Eph 6:9 based on each one’s work, 1Co 3:12 you are to conduct yourselves in fear Ac 9:31; Rm 3:18; 2Co 5:11; 7:1; Eph 5:21; Php 2:12 during the time of your temporary residence.
18For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life 2Pt 3:11 inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, Is 52:3; 1Co 6:20; Ti 2:14; Heb 9:12
19but with the precious blood of Christ, Jn 6:53; Ac 20:28; 1Co 10:16; Eph 2:13; Heb 10:19 like that of a lamb Ex 12:5; Lv 4:32; Is 53:7; Jn 1:29 without defect or blemish.
20He was chosen Or foreknown Ac 2:23; Eph 1:4; 1Pt 1:2; Rv 13:8 before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times 2Pt 3:3; Jd 18 for you
21who through Him are believers in God, Ac 10:45; Rm 4:24; 10:9; Eph 1:1; 1Tm 4:12; 6:2 who raised Him from the dead Ac 2:24; Rm 10:9 and gave Him glory, Jn 17:5,24; 1Tm 3:16; Heb 2:9 so that your faith and hope are in God.
22By obedience to the truth, Other mss add through the Spirit having purified yourselves Or purified your souls for sincere love of the brothers, love one another Zch 7:9; Jn 13:34; Rm 12:10; 1Th 4:9; 1Jn 4:7 earnestly Or intensely from a pure Other mss omit pure heart, 1Tm 1:5
23since you have been born again 1Pt 1:3 — not of perishable seed 1Jn 3:9 but of imperishable — through the living and enduring word of God. Lk 8:21; Heb 4:12
All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory 1Pt 5:4 like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25but the word of the Lord endures forever. Is 40:6-8; Lk 21:33; Jms 1:10-11; 1Jn 2:17 Is 40:6-8
And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.